New York City is one of the most visited places in the world, but when winter rolls in, it’s a veritable winter wonderland. Festively decorated store fronts, twinkling Christmas lights, and bustling shoppers turn this metropolis into something straight from a holiday postcard. If you’re planning a winter trip to NYC, make sure to intertwine some of the city’s most treasured sights for the proper holiday experience.
Window Shop at Bergdorf Goodman
This high end department store might be out of your budget, but you can join the rest of the masses and ooh and aah over the extravagent window displays that the department store puts on every year. These displays have a different theme each year and look like something straight from a Hollywood movie. These aren’t your typical displays of stuffed animals and decorated trees. Instead, you’ll be treated to fairy tale themes like Carnival of the Animals and High Fashion on Ice.
Practically Drown in Christmas Decor
Rolf’s German restaurant explodes in a sea of Christmas lights, decorations, and ornaments. You’ll practically feel like you’re inside a Christmas tree as you’re dazzled by the cheery decor. Enjoy the Christmas spirit with a bustling crowd over a pint and a juicy bratwurst. If you want to stay for dinner, make sure to book your reservations a couple of weeks in advance; New Yorkers flock to this staple during the holiday season.
Get a Little Funky
Artists & Fleas is a fun, kitschy pop-up shop in Chelsea Market. This is a Bohemian’s dream store with its eclectic collection of art, home decor, clothing, and jewelry. The items range from handmade goods from locals to vintage goodies from around the world. If you have someone that’s difficult to shop for, you can probably find the perfect little gift for them right here.
Drop off a Letter for Santa at Macy’s
Macy’s department store has been a symbol of Christmas spirit since the release of Miracle on 34th Street. Kris Kringle and little Susan stole America’s hearts and Macy’s has made sure to keep that magic alive with their Believe campaign. Every year, thousands of children drop postmarked letters to Santa in a special mailbox, assured that their letters will be safely delivered to Santa before Christmas Eve. And with every letter “delivered” by December 24th, Macy’s generously donates $1 to the Make a Wish Foundation.
Ice Skating in Bryant Park
Hit the ice–for free–at infamous Bryant Park. You’ll skate amidst other holiday revelers, and you can even take lessons from skating instructors. There are a variety of shows and activities throughout the holiday season, making this an absolute staple in NYC’s Christmas festivities.
Whether you’re taking a quick trip into the city via the bus or you’re making a pilgrimage to the big city from far away, New York City offers some of the most festive holiday spirit in the country. Finish your shopping, indulge in belly warming dishes at iconic restaurants, or simply stroll the streets and soak in the cheery atmosphere for a truly delightful Christmas experience.